Partnership recognised for support given to young carers

West Sussex County Council

West Sussex County Council

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A West Sussex partnership has been recognised nationally as providing exceptional work meeting the needs of young carers.

West Sussex Young Carers Service and Your Space Therapies Partnership have been shortlisted for The Young Carers Award at The Children & Young People Now Awards, taking place at London’s Hurlingham Club on Thursday November 27.

The award is presented to the team that has done the most to support children, young people or young adults who care for a family member or friend with an illness, disability, mental health problem or addiction.

The West Sussex Young Carers Service and Your Space Therapies Partnership ensure that young carers receive the support they need through counselling and play therapy to improve their self-esteem, emotional wellbeing, and their ability to cope with the pressures of being a young carer.

Over the past four years the partnership has funded 1,300 counselling or play therapy sessions across West Sussex.

From these sessions 96 per cent reported an improvement in their emotional wellbeing, 86 per cent reported an improvement in their self-esteem, and 100 per cent of teachers of young carers noticed an improvement in their school behaviour.

Peter Evans, cabinet member for children – start of life, said: “This national recognition highlights the excellent work our family support workers and counsellors do for our young carers.

“The improvement in their emotional wellbeing, self-esteem and school behaviour is a testament to the hard work the partnership puts in to meet the emotional needs of young carers.”

To find out more about young carers call 01903 270300, email youngcarers@westsussex.gov.uk or search ‘young carers’ on www.westsussex.gov.uk.

To find out more about Your Space Therapies counselling call Suzanne Ryan on 01903 209991 or email suzanneryan@yourspacetherapies.org

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